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post #91 of 93
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The 3 class pass is awesome.

Truly. 

 

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@anachronism -- Any idea about overnight parking policies at Wolf Creek? Hoping to dirtbag it for 3 nights / 3 days when the right storm hits. Unless you say that's a really bad idea...then I'll consider finding a cheap place.

post #92 of 93

I think different ski areas are aiming for different niches, and it makes a lot of sense for many areas to try to leverage pass swaps. Some seem to be in it for boosting the perceived value of their own passes (Mountain High or Monarch, for instance); others are legitimately looking to lure vacationers and willing to eat the cost (Crested Butte is a great example here--they offer Powder Alliance members Saturdays, even though there's no Saturday reciprocation across the rest of the network); and others are simply looking to lure as many people in with low-priced or free passes in order to fleece them on ancillary revenues (granted, my experiences at Sierra-at-Tahoe don't necessarily mean that this is their business model).

 

Just as an example of how it can work in the favor of a resort, last year early December my partner and I were visiting Portland and went to Timberline since we got free passes, even though Meadows had more terrain open. With parking, rentals, food, and drinks (and not counting tips), we still spent something like $150 bucks, which was mostly pure revenue for Timberline. Plus, my partner posted several great pictures on Facebook and Instagram and we raved about the experience to locals and friends & family back home. The marginal cost to Timberline for us to be there was probably less than $10, so they made a little money right away, and might make more through a little positive press. And without the Powder Alliance perks, we would've spent the day at Meadows instead.

 

It's basically free advertising that is pretty well targeted to people who 1) ski or board and 2) have the disposable income to buy a season pass somewhere.

post #93 of 93

Benefits, what benefits? They sell me my pass and spend the rest of the season telling me I got a great deal and should stop complaining about lift closures.

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